Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Past, Present, and Future

As I was planning my blog post for our upcoming enrollment, I realized that it's been MONTHS since our last post so I thought I would just fill you all in on the last few months, what's going on now, and what's coming in the near future!

Summer 2017 was a blast! We expanded or summer camp program which meant lots of new faces and more fun than ever!! Miss Veronnica planned a summer full of fun activities and amazing field trips! Some of our favorite field trips were to Myrtle Waves, Wonderworks, museums, the movies, the beach, and the pool every week! Lots of wonderful friendships were formed and it was so wonderful watching campers conquer fears and grow in many ways. I'm so grateful for a summer camp staff that is so committed to making sure our campers are safe and having the best possible time! I've attached a few pictures below of our summer!

While our campers were super busy having fun this summer, we we were busy doing some improvements around our school! Our two year old classroom got new flooring and cabinets for the school year which was super exciting and looks beautiful!! Here are pictures of the completed project in the two year old classroom.

We also put beautiful new cabinets in our Little Learners/Three Year Old Classroom along with a new table for easier group lessons, and lots of new toys and equipment! We love how it turned out and our sweet, little students are enjoying it! Here are pictures of the classroom!

Lastly, our biggest project of the summer was expanding Miss Autumn's four year old classroom which was a huge undertaking but it turned out amazing and we LOVE IT! Miss Autumn is also loving having Miss Maggie in her classroom this year :) Here's a few pictures of the process and the completed classroom!!

 Here's a before picture :)

Our new school year kicked off on September 5th and it has been such an amazing year so far! We have such a sweet group of students and as always, an extremely supportive and generous group of parents that we are so thankful for!! Our staff continues to amaze me with their fun ideas and the loving environments they create for our students. We are only a few months in and we have already seen so much growth and learning! We welcomed one new teacher this year. We love having Miss Anna as the assistant in our two year old class! She fits right in with our family!! We are also so thankful to have welcomed Miss Shelley back this year as an assistant in our four year old class!

Last week we had our annual Christmas Program! Our students were so cute and did such an amazing job on stage!! Miss Michelle worked very hard to make sure it was wonderful and she did a great job! I've included a pictures below of our kiddos on stage. 

I'm always amazed how quickly the first half of our year goes by and how fast new enrollment sneaks up on us! Preparations for next school year have begun and we will be staying in our current location for at least another year, possibly longer. I am quickly realizing that everything I want, we can't afford, and what we can afford, I don't want. Why is everything so expensive?! We will continue to keep our eyes open for an amazing space/property with a price tag we can afford but for the time being, we are happy to be in a building that we can continue to learn, grown, and have fun in!! While we will continue to battle the space and parking issues, we are learning how to make the space work for our needs and are loving the new improvements this year and are excited for our projects we will be doing this summer! 

We will be opening enrollment soon for our 2018-2019 school year! If your family previously attended Coastal Day School for an entire academic year and would like to return (yay!), we will have a special enrollment time for your family January 16-19, 2018. Just stop by any day that week (except Monday-we are closed) between 10am and noon to drop off paperwork and the $150 new student fee. Here is a link to our handbook which includes all the paperwork we need turned in. 

If you are a new family wishing to enroll here at CDS for the 2018-2019 school year, we will open enrollment on Thursday, February 1, 2018. We will post a link here on our blog at 8am and will share the post on our Facebook page as well. All submissions will be time stamped and you will be notified within 48 hours of submitting the form if you have received a space or have been put on our waiting list. Filling out the form online does not guarantee a space in our program. All spaces are first come, first serve and we will go in the order the submissions came in.

If you are new to our program and would like to meet our staff and see our facility, we will be holding an Open House on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6:30pm until 7:30pm. Children are welcome to attend :) We are looking forward to meeting all of you and answering any questions you may have!

I'm so thankful and honored to be planning another school year! I can't even express how amazing it is being part of this supportive and kind community. Every day I am blown away by how generous and encouraging our parents are, how unbelievably sweet our students are, and how amazing our staff is!!! I am so lucky to get to say that I'm living my dream and LOVE that I get to live this dream with all of you as a big part of it! I realize that none of this would be possible without all of you!!!

Ashley :)

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